Reflecting on positive ways forward

October 8, 2009

I haven’t written a Blog entry for a long time – there are so many Blogs, so much written, visual and auditory material on the internet, so is it really worth my spending precious time just adding more?

Mostly my answer to that is no. it isn’t.  There are more positive and amazing things I can be doing directly through my shamanic energy work.

However, I do find certain thoughts coming to the surface and forming into expression during these challenging times.  Maybe it will add something to offer them here:

One is, the importance of acting with integrity.  If you follow the link to this Wiki entry, it is interesting to see how incomplete it is – but worth reflecting on the different senses of meaning offered, for what integrity means to you.

Two is, the importance of making good choices rather than “decisions”.  If you follow the link, you can read and reflect on making choices on different kinds of decisions.

Three is, the importance of facing and dealing with your personal challenges – don’t ignore them, don’t run away and hide, don’t resort to actions that are less than honest, positive and life-enhancing.

Many of you face financial problems, loss of health, work, family, home – these are exactly the times to pare back to the basic principles.  Act with integrity, according to your own highest values and beliefs, make good choices – you are where you are – now create a better way forward for yourself, your family, your friends, your community, for all of us.

Believe in what you can create. and make it beautiful. Make it life-enhancing.

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Gordon Ramsay beats the Credit Crunch

January 31, 2009

I watch very little TV but I flicked through the TV channels yesterday evening and ‘Ramsay’s Great British Nightmare’ grabbed my attention. Local restaurants are struggling to tackle the credit crunch by cutting costs and raising prices, while the public is generally eating out less frequently. Is there an alternative? Gordon Ramsay thinks so and has come up with a strategy that will benefit local restaurants, local food producers and everyone who wants high quality, delicious food at reasonable prices.  Better still, I think his credit-crunch-beating strategy can work for any business and any individual in these challenging times.

 

Ramsay is straight talking, brutally honest and insists on high standards. While his language is not always for the faint-hearted – he swears a lot – he is passionate while expressing his values and ideas and his arguments are convincing, eloquent and inspiring.  He made me re-examine my assumptions and attitudes to the current credit crunch, and filled me with hope that I can find ways to move through this phase positively, retaining my highest values for quality and good service.

 

Here are some of the positive value messages I got from the programme –

 

  • Quality, fresh, home made, local produce and high quality goods and services can and should be provided at good prices.  When they are, these are what the public will choose and everyone benefits. 
  • Businesses (and individuals) taking proactive, creative, practical ACTION to respond to the changing times will benefit and thrive.
  • Supporting each other as a local community – in this case local produce growers, farmers, butchers working with local restaurants to provide quality healthy tasty food at affordable prices for the local community – means everyone benefits.

It is worth realising that historically in the most challenging times of economic depression and in this present credit crunch –

 

  • People can still start and build successful businesses (Ramsay recently opened a new restaurant)
  • People can make money and be successful without having to cut corners on quality, service or value.

The credit crunch is real and these tough times force a much-needed change to our spending habits and financial commitments.  I believe it is also vital to think carefully first and make our choices consciously, with awareness, and not just through some panic response –

 

Reflect on what has value for you. What practices, relationships and resources are essential to preserve throughout these times and which changes will create a more positive, healthy and stable future?

 

Now use this as a guide to where you should spend and where you can save or cut back – in terms of resources of all kinds – your money, your time, your energy, your focus, your work, your family and friends, your leisure – review and prioritise all your resources. 

 

My recommendation is for us to use our highest values and ethics as guidelines to move gracefully through these challenging times, so that we may carry the best forward to a brighter future.  My thanks go to Gordon Ramsay and his ‘Great British Nightmare’ for this timely reminder about the importance of focusing on quality, local relationships and mutual support.  

 

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Bored with the ‘credit crunch’? Dream in the change

December 28, 2008

Are we bored enough with the credit crunch yet?  Have we suffered enough for our rash wild materialism?  If so, maybe we can leave all this behind at the end of 2008 and dream up a new, more sustainable way of being for 2009.

It only takes enough people to start thinking and acting in creative, positive ways.
It only takes enough people to decide they’ve had enough of this negative phase and it’s time for a positive change.
It only takes enough people to believe things can be different and start to take action.

Become part of a new flow of finance, economy and trade – make wiser choices, hold in mind your core values, be part of new solutions.

Part of the art of shamanic dreaming is to look ahead and envision a better way forward for the community – everything starts from an idea, a dream, a vision.

What’s your dream?